Dad with family Dr. Alami with patients Oak Park Girl brushing her teeth Dr. Pedram with patients Two of our patients Kids playing in our treehouse

Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Alami   |  Dr. Barry   |   Dr. Gelman
Dr. Pedram   |   Dr. Yu   |   Dr. Paletsas  |   Dr. Ozaki  


Pediatric dentist Dr. Yazdan AlamiYazdan Alami, D.D.S.

Dr. Alami lives in Westlake Village with his wife and three children, and is very active in the community. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. He attended Indiana University School of Dentistry and subsequently completed a three-year pediatric program at the University of California, San Francisco.

He is recognized as a Fellow by the College of Diplomates and as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and was appointed to the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry Residency/Post-Doctorate Program in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Alami belongs to the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Santa Barbara/Ventura County Dental Society and the Cayman Islands Medical Dental Society.

He has received many merit awards including: publications for the National Institute of Health and induction into the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He supports and participates in many charitable events in the surrounding communities.


Pediatric dentist Dr. Jennifer BarryJennifer Barry, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Barry grew up in Thousand Oaks and has spent most of her life in the Conejo Valley. She graduated from La Reina High School and attended Santa Clara University, where she majored in Biology. Dr. Barry received her D.D.S. from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and also completed her residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda. Following her residency program, Dr. Barry served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda while she was completing her Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Barry is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Barry also serves on the Board of Directors of La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks. When Dr. Barry is not practicing dentistry, she is very involved in the school and sports activities of her two sons, Jake and Josh.


Pediatric dentist Dr. Faina GelmanFaina Gelman, D.D.S.

Dr. Gelman was born in the Ukraine and moved to Los Angeles, CA when she was 10 years old.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Michigan.  She then moved to UCLA where she received her dental degree and completed her pediatric dental residency.  Dr. Gelman has provided her services for the Give Kids a Smile foundation and the UCLA Venice Clinic.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.


Pediatric dentist Dr. Joey PedramJoey Pedram, D.D.S.

Dr. Pedram grew up in nearby Calabasas. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychobiology from UCLA and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the USC’s School of Dentistry. He then relocated to Boston where he completed Tuft’s School of Dental Medicine's specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the California Dental Association.

Aside from dentistry, Dr. Joey loves to play ball at the local YMCA as a coach of youth basketball. He is a proud world traveler whose most recent trips include Argentina, Brazil, Italy and Thailand. Recently, while abroad in Vietnam, Dr. Pedram volunteered at a pediatric dentistry clinic for indigent Vietnamese children. Dr. Joey is known for putting a smile on his patients’ faces with his playful sense of humor!


Pediatric dentist Dr. Jane YuJane Yu D.D.S.

Dr. Jane Yu grew up in Southern California. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley. She attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she received her dental degree. Dr. Yu received her training in pediatric dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry.

Dr. Yu has provided dental services for children on outreach trips to Haiti and Honduras and looks forward to going on more trips in the future.

Dr. Yu enjoys traveling with her husband. Their recent trips include Greece, Mt. Rushmore and Napa. She also enjoys playing the violin with the community orchestra.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and California Dental Association. Dr. Yu is fluent in conversational Korean.


Pediatric dentist Dr. PaletsasAlisha Paletsas D.D.S.

Dr. Paletsas grew up in Simi Valley and is excited to be returning home to the area. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physiological science with honors from UCLA and continued at UCLA School of Dentistry to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She then relocated to Hawaii where she completed her pediatric dentistry residency program through NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine.

Dr. Alisha is passionate about volunteering and has been involved in providing dental services for children through Give Kids a Smile, Special Olympics, and outreach in Guatemala. When not practicing dentistry she enjoys traveling with her husband and two-year-old daughter who has already been to 6 countries and 5 Hawaiian islands. Dr. Paletsas also enjoys hiking, reading, snorkeling, and spending time with family and friends.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the California Dental Association.


Wayne Ozaki, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Wayne Ozaki is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, who specializes in pediatric plastic, craniofacial, cosmetic surgery and oral surgery. Dr. Ozaki was born and raised in Anaheim, California. He received his undergraduate and dental school education at the University of Southern California. He graduated as valedictorian of his Dental School class in 1988. Dr. Ozaki completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency and attended Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh. He then spent a year as the Plastic Surgery research fellow at the University of Michigan. He continued his training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ozaki returned to California as the Craniofacial Fellow under Dr. Henry K. Kawamoto at UCLA.

Dr. Ozaki began his academic career at Oregon Health & Sciences University in 1999. After five years he achieved the academic rank of Associate Professor of Surgery. He has publications in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Annals of Plastic Surgery, the Craniofacial Journal, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has also presented his research nationally and internationally. In 2001, he was accepted as a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ozaki was the Chief of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ozaki then left his academic practice at OHSU to join a private plastic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Westlake Village. After Dr. Henry Kawamoto, his mentor, retired, Dr. Ozaki was recruited from private practice to return to UCLA. Dr. Ozaki joined the full-time faculty at UCLA as a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ozaki is the Chief of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at UCLA. He also serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ozaki continues to maintain his practice in Westlake Village. Dr. Ozaki is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

We are fortunate to have recruited Dr. Ozaki as the newest member of our team at Oak Park Dentistry for Children & Orthodontics. Having two board certifications, Dr. Ozaki is uniquely qualified to perform plastic surgery as well as to take care of your oral and maxillofacial surgery needs.


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